W. Holmes Lilley III, Esq.

Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Holmes Lilley

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation

  • Employer Defense

Our firm was founded by W. Holmes Lilley, III who has spent is entire legal career focusing on defending businesses and employers. As General Counsel to both public and private companies he is keenly aware of the business needs as they relate to legal representation. Mr. Lilley brings a proven record of leadership, strong legal counsel, and business acumen to the firm. Mr. Lilley has a history of successfully managing complex legal and business issues for small, mid-size and publicly traded companies. Mr. Lilley sets clear and concise strategies and objectives and has a reputation for impeccable ethics, integrity and professionalism. He is an innovative, practical, and business focused attorney, who embraces ambiguity and thrives in high-pressure situations.

*licensed in North Carolina & Registered In-house Counsel in California


Holmes Lilley began his career in 2009 with the firm of Karen McKeithen Schaede, PLLC where he represented businesses before the U.S. Department of Labor & the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. He also advised business with regard to Complex business and health law transactions & litigation; well as  Mergers and Acquisitions.

In 2012, Mr. Lilley joined Health Management Services, Inc (HMSY) as Associate General Counsel where he served as in-house legal counsel for industry leader in healthcare claims integrity: fraud, waste, abuse, errors and improper payment identification. Lilley represented HMSY and  its clients in administrative hearings, prepared and negotiated complex contracts and drafted and reviewed company policies and procedures, and provided time sensitive legal research on healthcare compliance, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse compliance and payment provisions. While at HMSY Mr. Lilley conducted over 3,500 hearings before Administrative Law Judges for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and was responsible for over $216MM in regulatory healthcare litigation and appeals. 

Thereafter, in 2016 Mr. Lilley joined Chartwell Staffing Services, Inc. as General Counsel and Executive Vice-President in that position he served as member of executive management team, and oversaw all functions of the legal department for a national staffing company with annual revenue approaching $500 million. In addition to management of the Office of General Counsel, his core areas of focus include compliance, litigation and class-action litigation management, commercial transactions, employment and benefits, mergers and acquisitions, technology and data law, and, management of numerous outside counsel relationships as well as oversight of a national multi-member legal team.

Bar Admissions

  • California Registered and Certified In-House Counsel

  • Nevada Registered and Certified In-House Counsel (previous)

  • Admitted to practice before all North Carolina State and Appellate Courts including the North Carolina Supreme Court

  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina


Elon University School of Law, North Carolina
Juris Doctorate, with concentrations in Corporate Law and Litigation 2009
Nominee for Inscoe Scholarship Award

The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi Bachelor of Liberal Arts 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of North Carolina

  • Guilford Inn of Court

  • Representative before Congressional Roundtable at the request of Congressmen Mike Thompson

  • Key Speaker for The American Health Lawyers Association, annual meeting, Long-term Care and the Law

  • Published HITECH ACT: Security Breach Notifications

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We Provide Workers' Compensation Defense Throughout California

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2390 E Orangewood Ave #520, Anaheim, CA 92806
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